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Executive Director of Development, UVA Engineering

Executive Director of Development, UVA Engineering

  • R0043917
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Advancement
  • The University of Virginia
The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science seeks a dynamic fundraising leader to fill a key role as Executive Director of Development (EDoD). This is a rare opportunity for an advancement professional with a strong track record of raising six- and seven-figure gifts and managing successful teams. The EDoD will plan and execute completing the school’s goal of $250M as part of UVA’s $5B Honor the Future campaign. The EDoD will lead UVA Engineering’s Office of Advancement and serve as chief development officer for the school. With a 30,000-strong alumni base, representing more than 11% of UVA’s overall alumni, the school has developed a strong donor base with much untapped potential. A skilled advancement professional will have a unique opportunity to raise gifts for key school priorities, build a successful team, and make an impact.

UVA Engineering

UVA Engineering’s mission is to make the world a better place by creating and disseminating knowledge and by preparing engineering leaders to solve global challenges. Our vision is to be a leader among engineering schools in seizing opportunities to benefit humanity through bold research and world-class education. We achieve our mission by adhering to five core values: passion for societal impact; educating engineering leaders; determination to innovate; commitment to excellence through diversity; dedication to collegiality and collaboration.

UVA Engineering offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and nine graduate degree programs, in addition to online master’s degree programs. The school has approximately 2900 undergraduates and 1100 graduate students, with the largest PhD enrollment growth in the nation since 2015. The school has eight departments: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Systems and Environment, Engineering and Society, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

UVA Engineering is the No.1 public engineering school in the United States in terms of the percentage of women earning undergraduate engineering degrees - 33% compared to a national average of 21%. UVA Engineering is also the top engineering school in the country for its four-year graduation rate of undergraduates, including those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in engineering such as Hispanic and African-American students. Nationally, 33% of engineering undergraduates graduate on time; at UVA Engineering, 84% earn their engineering degrees within four years.

UVA Engineering is home to 180,000 square feet of research laboratories, supporting 182 individual programs, centers, and consortia. Our faculty are focused on a multidisciplinary approach to research and education in areas of significant societal need - the nexus of engineering and medicine, computing and cyber-physical systems, and technologies for a sustainable and connected world. Through this strategy, UVA Engineering has grown substantially in size and impact, with a 75% increase in sponsored research funding and a 30% increase in faculty over the past few years.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

The Executive Director of Development will be a highly motivated development professional tasked with creatively, strategically, and effectively leading the overall prospect management and solicitation activities for UVA Engineering. The Executive Director will have the following responsibilities:
  • Create a culture and environment in Advancement focused on high performance.
  • Collaborate closely with UVA Engineering and UVA leadership to develop long-range fundraising plans, goals, and objectives; communicate and achieve the goals and objectives with advancement staff.
  • Lead operations, improvement efforts, project management, problem solving, financial affairs, as well as supervise staff and HR matters, and ensure compliance with relevant policies, regulations, and legal requirements in areas associated with Advancement.
  • Develop and periodically revise UVA Engineering’s advancement plan.
  • Work closely with the Dean, UVA Engineering faculty, the University of Virginia Engineering Foundation (UVEF), and other volunteers on fundraising activities.
  • Collaborate with school leadership to ensure the advancement teams’ efforts are aligned with other units in the school, specifically communications and finance.
  • Secure principal and major gifts for UVA Engineering by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major prospective and current donors through personal visits, correspondence, events, and other involvement.
  • Oversee a sophisticated, comprehensive annual fund program.
  • Represent UVA Engineering as chief development officer to the UVA Advancement Community.
  • Manage relationships with the University of Virginia Engineering Foundation (UVEF), an independent not-for-profit foundation with Board of Trustees, many of whom are Engineering alumni.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with corporations, government agencies, and foundations.
  • Prepare written proposals to federal agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals for funding in support of UVA Engineering’s priorities.

The ideal candidate will possess the following demonstrated abilities and attributes:
  • Ability to engage donors in the Dean’s vision for the school.
  • Ability to articulate a vision of a successful and comprehensive development program.
  • Ability to conceive, enhance, and lead fundraising programs for new sources of philanthropy.
  • Track record of cultivating relationships along with soliciting, closing, and stewarding principal and major gifts.
  • Experience and ability to build, lead, and manage an organization including general business management and effective recruitment, motivation, and staff development.
  • Ability to project an executive presence and to positively represent the school to alumni, donors, students, faculty, peers, staff, and other key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, hire, and retain excellent employees.
  • Proven track record of building, leading, motivating, and assessing diverse teams, including experienced and junior professionals, within a matrix organization.
  • Possess and project high energy and integrity with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Ability to develop relationships with leaders in a broad range of business and professional fields.
  • Minimum of eight years of fundraising or related experience, preferably in a university or nonprofit.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.

Campaign for UVA Engineering

The capital campaign for UVA Engineering has three focus areas: (i) solving society’s grand challenges and nurturing quality of life through innovation in science and technology, (ii) creating the new paradigm for engineering education that harnesses technology and leverages experiential education, and (iii) developing a diverse engineering community and workforce to serve the nation. Additionally, an ambitious new building project is in the planning stages, which will heavily rely on philanthropy to fund. UVA Engineering has an ambitious goal to raise $250M in the campaign to support these focus areas. Approximately $160M has been raised to date. The Executive Director of Development will have broad opportunity to shape messaging associated with the campaign. The Executive Director of Development will be responsible for developing and executing strategy for the campaign.

The University of Virginia

UVA ranks as one of the top universities in the nation. A vigorous, modern, and student-centric institution, UVA is animated by the forward-looking spirit of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the University was designed as a model for cross-disciplinary residential education that would cultivate the leadership and innovative thought needed for an emerging nation.

In fiscal year 2022, UVA’s alumni and friends committed more than $585 million.

UVA’s 12 schools serve approximately 16,000 undergraduates and 8,000 graduate students.

The University has a total budget of $3.7 billion, and an endowment of $14.5 billion.

The UVA Health System is a nationally ranked academic medical center, comprised of the Medical Center, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The Medical Center includes a 600+ bed hospital, level-I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, UVA Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Virginia.

A Carnegie Research 1 university, UVA has strong partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies across a wide range of industries. Sponsored research awards total $412 million from all sources, including federal and state agencies, industry, and private foundations.

UVA has been ranked as the No. 1 public university value by The Princeton Review, No. 3 best national public university and No. 2 best-value public university by U.S. News and World Report. UVA has a triple-A rating from all three major bonding agencies, who routinely extol its sound and prudent management. The University has more than 225,000 highly successful alumni located in all 50 states and 172 countries around the world.

For more information about UVA https://www.virginia.edu/.


Nestled amid the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and about a hundred miles South of Washington, D.C., the greater Charlottesville region offers a thriving community and vanguard of arts and culture that is both innovative and grounded in rich tradition. Charlottesville consistently ranks as one of the top places in the country for quality of life and was recently named America’s happiest city.

Just beyond city lines, quiet rolling hills and family farms complement city life within Albemarle County’s more than 700 square miles of vibrant natural beauty, including Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive and abundant history and heritage.

A wonderful place to raise a family, Charlottesville and Albemarle County have schools that are consistently ranked top in Virginia. The Charlottesville area has a population of just over 200,000.

For more information https://www.visitcharlottesville.org/.

This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter at das6zb@virginia.edu

How to Apply:

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration, please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday , and search for ‘ R0043917' . Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘ R0043917 .’ Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).


Education: Bachelor's degree
Experience: At least eight years experience


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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